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RF System Lab is proud to announce new customers in a wide variety of industries.  World-wide leaders in remote visual inspection, Our most recent customer list includes companies in aviation, casting, manufacturing, power generation, and more.

We are excited to add the following companies to its roster of satisfied customers.

Metro Aviation Logo

Metro Aviation Logo

One of our newest customers in the aviation maintenance industry is Metro Aviation, a company that has earned a reputation for excellence in helicopter transportation services.  While Metro Aviation mainly maintains helicopters, they sometimes work on fixed wing aircraft as well.  They recently purchased a 3.9mm X 1.5m VJ-Advance video borescope to assist with maintenance of both their fixed wing and rotor aircraft and to complete 1200-hour inspections with confidence.

Wirco Logo

Wirco Logo

A new client in the casting industry is WIRCO.  WIRCO, a casting and fabrications company, committed to providing high quality heat treat fixturing and furnace replacement parts, needed an inspection camera to complete weld inspections.  After trying out a multitude of borescopes that did not provide the image quality required for inspections, WIRCO demoed the VJ-Advance video borescope and found that it exceeded their standards.  The high-resolution image quality and on board video capture that the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope provides will significantly speed up WIRCO’s quality control process.

SAIC Motor Corporation Logo

SAIC Motor Corporation Logo

Representing the manufacturing Industry, SAIC Motor is another company among RF System Lab’s newest customers.  SAIC Motor, the largest auto group on the Chinese A-share stock market, needed a versatile, portable video borescope camera for use on their manufacturing line.  They reached out to us and purchased a 6.9mm X 3m VJ-Advance video borescope.  Weighing in at just 23oz, the lightweight, AA battery operated VJ-Advance was the perfect addition to SAIC Motor’s toolkit.

xcel energy logoAdditionally, we are excited to have a major power generation company, Xcel Energy, as a new customer.  Xcel Energy serves more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers all over the USA.  They will be using the VJ-Advance video borescope to assist them in their preventative and corrective maintenance.  We at RF System Lab are grateful to be an official vendor for Xcel Energy and to have the ability to assist with those efforts.

We would like to extend a thank you to these new clients, as well as all additional clients not listed here.  If you would like to demo the VJ-Advance video borescope, you can sign up for a no-cost, no-obligation demo program.

In some industries, a video borescope could be considered a “nice to have” instrument. “Nice to have” instruments are those that, while they may make the task at hand easier or faster, are not absolutely essential. A well-trained technician can still get the job done without a “nice to have” instrument, but it usually means investing more time or a few bloody knuckles in the process. At RF System Lab, we do about 30 tradeshows a year, across a wide range of industries, and we meet a lot of people at these shows who come to our booth thinking that a borescope is a “nice to have” instrument (by the time they leave our booth, they aren’t so sure).

Not so in the aviation business. For anyone working in the aviation maintenance industry, a good borescope is a “need a have” instrument. Without one, an AMT simply cannot do the inspections that are required to keep an aircraft flying. For every turbine engine, in fact, borescope inspections are called out as a specific – and critical – part of a routine inspection. Why? We can think of a few reasons:

1. Time. Inspecting the internal components of a turbine with a borescope takes a fraction of the time it would take to remove all and reassemble all the covers, shrouds, hoses and lines that one would have to get through to obtain the same visual condition assessment.

2. Money. The only time an aircraft makes money is when it is in the air. If it is not in the air, it is costing money. Anything that helps get the airplane repaired or through a required inspection faster is helping those aircraft stay profitable.

3. Safety. The price of an engine failure when an aircraft is in flight is simply too high. Any instrument or tool that, through its proper use, helps to ensure the safety of crew and cargo while en route through the air is, by definition, a “need to have”.

Are there other industries in which a borescope is a “need to have” and not just a “nice to have”? Power generation comes to mind as another obvious one, and for a lot of the same reasons as the aviation industry. While the term “power generation” is pretty broad and could encompass a wide range of activities and different types of equipment, somewhere in that process there is likely to be a turbine being rapidly spun by fast-moving steam. Does this sound a lot like an aircraft turbine? That’s because, when it comes right down to it, there isn’t that much difference between a turbine that is used to propel an aircraft through the sky and a turbine that is anchored to the ground providing power to a city. (Ok, turbines used to power a city may be little bigger than turbines used to power aircraft, but otherwise . . .)

Can you tell guess which of these turbines is used for power generation and which is used for aircraft propulsion?

turbine_1              turbine_2

What other applications or industries “need to have” a borescope? From our experience, these include automotive manufacturing, metal casting of high-end components, natural gas compressor maintenance, heat exchanger inspections, and corrosion inspections for high-value equipment, among many others.

The bottom line: As borescope technology continues to improve, and the equipment and processes that are employed in modern manufacturing become increasingly complex, the number technicians – across every industry – who come to view a modern borescope as a “need to have” instrument will steadily march upward. If you haven’t yet crossed the line between “nice to have” and “need to have”, give us a call. We’ll let you try one of our scopes for a few weeks and see if that brings you over to the good side. However be forewarned: Once you try it, you won’t want to send it back!

The 2014 Great Lakes Aviation Conference is coming soon! This year, RF System Lab is proudly sponsoring the Maintenance Symposium & IA Renewal. The conference website describes the symposium as “the most comprehensive, instructional, interesting, and fun maintenance event of its kind.” This year’s event will feature nearly twenty speakers covering a full range of aviation maintenance topics.

As a worldwide leader in remote visual inspection technology, we are excited to bring our product line to the event, the VJ-Advance line (VJ-ADV) of articulating video borescopes. The features included in the VJ-ADV make it ideally suited for all aspects of aviation maintenance work where remote visual inspections are required.

Meet Jess Kuznicki, sales consultant from RF System Lab on February 14-15th at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI and place the ground breaking VJ-ADV video borescope in your hands. The Great Lakes International Aviation Conference is one of the largest gatherings of aviation professionals in the Midwest.

Great Lakes International Aviation Conference

Great Lakes International Aviation Conference

The 14th annual Great Lakes International Aviation Conference will be an excellent chance to checkout a wide variety of aviation related products and services, attend technical seminars, and network with aviation professionals.

To learn more – checkout the Great Lakes International Aviation Conference website.

We look forward to seeing you there! If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171.

The team at RF System Lab would like to give a big shout-out to the team at Design World for focusing their November Product Showcase video on the VJ-Advance articulating video borescope!

Design World, part of WTWH Media, is a premier source for the latest news on products and trends in high-tech industrial industries. Focusing on everything from test and measurement equipment, motion control equipment, general manufacturing, and robotics, Design World helps capture the industrial manufacturing communities as a whole, but at the same time is very specific within their many channels.

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RF System Lab offers an industry first no-cost, no-obligation demo program for qualified users, and in this case, media partners. We sent our flagship, 6.9mm VJ-Advance to Design World for them to checkout and assured them like almost everyone else, once our borescope got in their hands; they would understand the benefits of this highly portable, fully functioning video borescope.

The VJ-Advance was designed with a few key features that were must-haves. The unit needed to be operable with just one hand; this was accomplished by designing a pistol-grip style handle. The unit needed to be highly intuitive and easy to use, while still providing features needed by engineers and technicians. RF System Lab accomplished this with the placement of buttons and an easy to use, four-way articulating tip controlled by joystick.

The VJ-Advance is one of the few joystick-controlled video borescopes that has virtually no lag with tip articulation and movement. This is because of the mechanically driven movement, rather than servo motors that cause a slight delay or lag in articulation. Confident and accurate inspections can be easily achieved with the VJ-Advance because of this.

Design World did a fantastic job highlighting these features and many more. We cannot thank the team enough for the video and more so, the time they put into promoting the VJ-Advance!

Thanks Design World Team!

RF System Lab’s second year exhibiting at MRO Americas was quite the success. The 2014 MRO Americas mega-show took place April 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona and provided the chance to network with over 750 solutions providers.

Casey O’Tool, RF System Lab sales consultant, had a great time connecting with professionals in the power plant, air frame, auxiliary power unit (APU) and aerospace manufacturing industries. In fact, the RF System Lab exhibit was set up next to ALCO’s. ALCO, a Merex company, provides APU overhauls and O’Tool was fortunate enough to be able to meet ALCO president, Robert Cantu.

APU maintenance is an excellent fit for the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope. The VJ-ADV allows APU maintenance professionals to inspect their APU turbines without having to cause any damage to the unit. With the 360 degree articulation, maintenance teams are able to easily do a full-survey of their units. The crisp, clear image and video capture options on the VJ-ADV provide them with concise and accurate recordings of any damage or corrosion. In addition to APU inspections, attendees were very interested in utilizing the VJ-ADV on drop engines such as Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney.


Kalitta Air Exhibit at MRO Americas

O’Tool also got the chance to catch up with past and current customers. O’Tool stated: “It’s rare to attend a show where I don’t get to reconnect with a past customer. It’s nice to see faces and brands that I have worked with in the past and see how they’re doing and how we can assist them in the future.”

One of those current customers was Kalitta Air, who had an impressive exhibit set up at MRO Americas. O’Tool also met up with Hallmark College Aeronautical School, who were interested in utilizing the scope at their aviation and aeronautical unit. Their president spent some time testing the VJ-ADV at MRO Americas and has since then ordered a free video borescope demo trial.

MRO Americas 2014 provided a variety of opportunities for both new and old customers to test the VJ-ADV for themselves. If you were unable to test drive the VJ-Advance video borescope at MRO Americas 2014, we would like to offer you a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope call us at (888) 747-6526 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.